What does parsing mean?

What does “parsed as a string mean?”

So “parsing” or “parsed” means to make something understandable. For programming this is converting information into a format that’s easier to work with. So the phrase “parsed as a string” means we are taking the data from the csv file and turning it into strings. This is important in that we now have a long string and will need to convert it if we want to utilize the numbers within it.

The exercise also references a parsing library, which has rules built in to perform the parsing of something, in this case different types of files.